The Muxe of Juchitan : News Photo
The Muxe of Juchitan : News Photo

The Muxe of Juchitan

JUCHITAN, MEXICO- OCTOBER 1: Marcella and Raul (Alexi) in a local hotel room in Juchitan, Mexico, October 1, 2002. In the sleeepy southern Mexican fishing town of Juchitan of roughly 85,000 people and its ancient Zapotekan culture, no one dares wonders about men in women's clothing. In Juchitan, giving birth to a girl is celebrated whereas giving birth to a boy produces condolences. In this matriarchal society, female figures are strong and revered in the community and so many Zapotekan mothers choose one or more sons at a very young age, sometimes at 3 or 4 years old, to be raised as girls. The mothers don't call their chosen sons transvestites. They call them, in the Zapotekan language, 'Musches', which means neither men nor women but something better. (Photo by Shaul Schwarz/ Getty Images)


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Credit:Shaul Schwarz / Contributor
Editorial #:72853078
Collection:Getty Images News
Date created:October 01, 2002
License type:Rights-managed
Release info:Not released. More information
Source:Getty Images North America
Object name:72850220SS001_MUXE
Max file size:2736 x 1865 px (9.12 x 6.22 in) - 300 dpi - 369 KB
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